College students love multitasking. We also love music. It would make sense, then, that most of us enjoy listening to some type of music when we’re studying or doing homework.
Having music on in the background makes the task at hand feel a little less stressful and serious. It can have a calming effect while keeping us focused, or it can provide motivation by pumping us up.
Music choices can vary depending on what kind of student or person you are. Here is a list of the types of music popular among college students while they are getting their work done.
Some students prefer music of the classical genre when studying or completing assignments for class. This type of music can be calming and great to have on in the background with any given task at hand.
If you’re the type of student who can’t focus while there is music with lyrics playing, try out classical music. There will be no distraction from words, and it can have an extremely soothing effect.
Start with the “Exam Study Classical Music” playlist on Spotify for a variety of classical music by historically renowned composers.
On the other end of the spectrum is the hip-hop/rap genre. Students who already favor this genre outside of studying may choose to listen to it while getting their work done. Just as it might have a similar effect at the gym, hip-hop/rap gets the student pumped and ready to be productive and successful.
It also keeps the student awake and attentive, something essential for studying and getting homework done. Find a station of the genre on Pandora, playlists on Spotify, or search your favorite songs on YouTube.
A happy medium between classical and hip-hop/rap is the genre of electronic. It’s calming like classical, and there usually aren’t lyrics. It’s like hip-hop in the way that it pumps you up. The beats and tempos are a bit quicker, but it’s not as generally overwhelming as hip-hop/rap while you’re trying to study.
Try Past is Prologue by Tycho, Cirrus by Bonobo, Loud Pipes by Ratatat and Spirit of Life by Blackmill.
4. Rock/light rock
If you’re a rock fan of any type, you might naturally enjoy this genre while studying. It can pump you up depending on what artist or band you’re listening to. It can be calming while motivating at the same time.
Some students might enjoy having classic rock on in the background, while others prefer heavy metal to get them pumped and keep them alert while they’re working.
Another alternative within this genre is rock or light rock without lyrics for those students who get too distracted by the words in songs when they’re trying to focus. Great artists for this preference are RJD2 and El Ten Eleven. Start with Ghostwriter by RJD2 and My Only Swerving by El Ten Eleven, and build playlists from there.
A step up from electronic (just a tad more intense) is EDM — Electronic Dance Music. This genre has gotten more and more popular among young audiences over the past few years along with EDM festivals across the U.S.
This genre is what would be considered the ultimate “pump-up” music. If it’s late at night, you feel yourself getting tired and you really feel like you need some study motivation, EDM is your best bet. You definitely won’t fall asleep, especially if you are listening to it loud. If you focus enough on the task at hand while listening to this type of music, you’ll stay alert and attentive to be as productive as possible.
Put on an EDM station on Pandora, or search EDM playlists on Spotify or YouTube.
6. Top hits
If you’re not a huge music aficionado, that is you don’t have a ton of favorite artists, bands or genres, but you can’t study or do homework without some type of background noise, you might just enjoy top hits. They’re what’s on the radio, so you’re most likely familiar with a lot of the songs.
Some college students just like to have some kind of sound going on in the background because it’s hard for them to focus with complete silence. Even if you don’t have specific preferences when it comes to your music, you’ll most likely enjoy top hits.
Start with a top hits station on Pandora, or by searching top songs on YouTube that you’ve heard recently to get yourself going. Spotify also has a “charts” section under the “browse” tab where you can choose between Global Top 50, United States Top 50, United States Viral 50 and Global Viral 50.=
Alexandra Brown writes for Uloop, a leading college news and college classifieds resource for student housing, jobs and internships, roommates and sublets, tutors and scholarships, study abroad, test prep, and local services for college students.
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Sometimes, the innards of parenting are best kept private. We all know it can be hard, but keeping it within the confines of the household prevents people from judging a situation that they have no personal bearing with. Reality star Draya Michele found this out the hard way when she took to Instagram with complaints about refusing to sign off on her 13-year-old son Kniko’s homework. The subsequent Twitter backlash was almost legendary.
Kniko’s assignment was to memorize a four-minute speech and be able to recite it, requiring as much practice at home as in school. His teacher required him to have a parent sign off to prove he practices at home (five times a day, according to her complaint). After days of hearing the speech, Draya exploded on Instagram about the assignment and asked her followers what they thought.
It started with a screenshot of a text conversation between her and her son. “Mom are you for real I didn’t get a note card and now I’m not getting those points” Kniko sent to her. Draya quickly responded back with gusto. “Smh. Imma write a rude note,” she relayed. “Should I say what I really want to say? Cuz we can take it there."
The conversation itself wasn’t indicative of any lacking parenting, just being a regular back-and-forth between child and parent. But when paired with the lengthy rant in the picture caption, things started to get a little hazy. “I’m all for helping my child with his homework, but at this point, she has him harassing me with this speech,” she complained. “I’m hearing it 2x a day for a month straight. I’m finna memorize it. ... Tell your teacher I’m done with this. It’s not my damn homework. But it feels like it. What ya’ll think?”
She responded to someone’s comment, clarifying exactly why she was upset. “I’m not annoyed of signing,” she began. “I’m annoyed of him feeling the need to read it to me everyday.”
The good folks over on Twitter got a hold of her post and had a field day with it.
The jokes that came from the situation were just as thrashing.
Poor kid. Kniko, if you ever need someone to practice your speech in front of, I’m here.